Essence eyeliner comparison

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Essence eyeliner comparison

Hi my readers 🙂

Recently I bought the new version of the Essence eyeliner. Before I used the regular version, after that I used the waterproof and now the new one. I didn’t see much of a difference between the regular and the waterproof and plus I bought them in Germany, the origin of this brand. This last one however, I am noticing very big difference.

Essence liquid ink waterproof eyeliner with soft bristle does not stay as long, disappears on the parts where my skin touches and the rest of it crumbles very easy. Tried it over eyeshadow and without shadow and the result is the same.
The previous one stayed better than this one. I don’t know if there is something to do with the country I bought it from but it is possible since there are many differences with many products.


The previous had has bristle wand and was thicker but there wasn’t a problem when I was creating a precise wing.

The new version has soft and thinner bristle. No problem when it comes to applying it but like previous stated, it does not have the same longevity.

I still have the previous ones just in case I reuse the wands and I guess I am actually going to but for applying and after that I will reuse it for nail art.



To top it all off, the old version had 4ml and the new version has 3ml and it is the same price.

Few pictures of the wand and some swatches:



Just a week ago I bought the felt tip one and after several uses I will write about those too.

Have you tried this one and have you tried the previous versions for comparison?

Wishing you a great end of the weekend 🙂
Antidote 😉

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Calming down dehydrated, oily but atopic skin

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Calming down dehydrated, oily but atopic skin

Hi my Readers

Since I have known, I had troubles with my skin when it comes to inflammation and rushes. It became clear to me that sometimes it is caused when I am very upset or if I had very stressful period. I have tried to prevent it and tried creams, cosmetics, natural remedies but it didn’t go away. The dermatologists were useless because they kept recommending the same products (granted, not many options were available so I guess they just went with the simplest one that is somewhat affordable).

Then I went ahead and started exploring the options. By the looks of it, it seemed something like atopic skin. I bought many creams that suited that characteristic. One helped, but the rest just created another problem – pimples, because they were too greasy. Sometimes, dehydrated skin is mixed with dry skin and I guess many companies were doing the same, even though, they should have known better, especially the ones that claim to be medical.

After my redness and blemishes peaked during the pandemic, and the masks, too, were not helping the situation and I saw red patches appearing in spots that I didn’t even had them before, I bought some expensive creams but my expectations were too high, I guess, so they didn’t work either. They were the same like those from before – greasy and not helpful.

By this point I have given up and just tried to do as much as I could. In the meantime, the serums have become very popular as not many were wearing makeup because of the masks and everyone turned to skincare. More options have become available and serums have become more affordable, unlike before. Totally unaware of the benefits, everyone have been talking about this serum that was very good. Of course, people used it in combination with others but I haven’t tried serums before so I bought just this one. And because I have already stacked up on creams that I didn’t wanted to completely throw away but use them sporadically, I went with that decision. I have read on it, informed myself, searched if it is ok for people with atopic skin to use it and finally bought it.
This serum was Niacinamide 10%.
When I tell you that I had 0 expectations except maybe some invisible improvement – that was really the case. Mind you, I didn’t buy it because of my blemishes, but because it claimed to have so much benefit for the skin.

Started to use it and I have noticed something that I wasn’t expecting – my skin has started to look better. I didn’t pay much attention the the blemishes because sometimes they could linger, and other time they could disappear in a matter of days and that would last for few days and they would appear again. But after a while, I started noticing that my skin wasn’t hurting or itching that much anymore and that continued for a while. In my skincare I have only changed that – the niacinamide 10% serum. This serum hydrated the skin (or it did whatever it did) and with periodical mild peeling, it helped a lot. After realizing that, I immediately panicked (don’t ask) and thought that this is just wonder that lasts for short period of time. So I stopped using it to see if it really was that to make the difference. Few days later, the blemishes have turned up again. I tried this method for few times and realized that indeed that serum was the thing that helped. So I made a plan – to use it only when I really need it so my skin doesn’t get used to it like it did with many other creams that don’t help anymore and to use it periodically. That I did.

This serum has exceeded my expectations and I am glad that skincare became a trend so people can take (better) care of their skin. In some of my next posts I will be sharing the companies I have tried so if you want to learn more, feel free to check later on.

It wasn’t just the serum, but it was the way I used it and the rare peelings that I made. Also, not every brand helped me or was effective as some. So this was definitely trial and error and I still have this problem just not so bad as it was before.

I was not officially diagnosed with anything. By the time I had my appointment, the blemish would go down and I could only show pictures that the dermatologists rejected right away. Every opinion is individual and what has worked for me, might not work for you and I hope everyone finds something that works!

If anyone has any recommendations, feel free to share them with me. I would like to try some more as soon as I start to run out of the creams that I gave so much money to 😀

Wishing you a good one 😉

Full circle – influencer edition and the disappointment

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Full circle – influencer edition and the disappointment

Hi my Readers

Today, a video has been circling the web and it is about influencers and their false claims.
The particular video is about influencer that shows mascara and some of her colleagues are calling her out on it because she looks like she is using false lashes. The video is sponsored and it caught the eyes of the people too.

I have stopped following as much as I used to and even if I do, I tend to not get involved too much, but this one was interesting to me because the people who jumped to defend her, mentioned big corporations and how the influensers or the people weren’t calling them out on it. I have seen influensers and many people talking about that subject so I know that’s not true, but what struck me the most is that people defend something that influencers have made influencers in the first place – their reviews and their honesty because people were tired of the big corporations lying and spending so much on marketing and tricking people into buying things that are far from that glitzy commercial that has played over and over again.

The disapointment comes because the whole point of influencers is to prove the marketing side of the big companies that are wrong. People started trusting influencers because they were honest with their reviews and once they start to seem dishonest, then it all goes downhill from there.

I am very pleased to see that other colleagues and influensers have cast a light and hopefully it will be a lesson to everyone – the consumer as well because consumers and potential consumers have the biggest power when it comes to this.

Just let’s not cancel people. Mistake is a mistake. If we don’t see improvements after they have been exposed, only then we can move toward canceling. Let’s leave that thing in the past, along with the pandemic.

Wishing you a good one,

Antidote 😉

Very peri bye to the Pantone color of 2022

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Very peri bye to the Pantone color of 2022

Hi my readers

As we are entering the new year, I would like to wish you all well, good health and much happiness.

Before I say bye to the color of the year of 2022, I have to say that that was kind of one of my favourite colors. As you may even notice is one of the color in the symbol to my blog. I was especially happy to learn that Pantone decided to choose that color (and the shades around it) because I already had everythitn that includes that color…including my hair.

I will share some pictures from the color (and the shades around it) and let me tell ya, this is just a glimpse of everything lilac, purple, very peri that I have in my collection 🙂 You might catch a glimpse of the color of the year of 2023 as it is a color that really suits me and luckily I like it too 😀

Had a surprise visitor for the last few items so I decided to leave this photo anyway 🙂

Don’t worry, the shoes are indoor shoes that I use for workout, they are very clean, I made sure of it..trust me 😀

This color will surely stay, but we will be welcoming the new one with open arms, since, as I said (and you will see) is the colour that I wear so often.

Have a good one

Antidote 😉

CD Granatapfel Deo Roll-On

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CD Granatapfel Deo Roll-On

Hi my Readers 🙂

Deodorants are not something that I am using without thinking about all the ingredients in them. For some time now I am trying to be careful of what I am using and only use „something stronger“ when I need to. In my country, there aren’t many available options and when I want to order online there are many deodorants that are too expensive so if I end up not using them, it is pointless to give so much money + shipping.

Recently I traveled to another country and there I bought an option that seemed ok for me. I used to use their deo-stick that was actually very good, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it anywhere so it seems to me that is discontinued. Knowing that that was good for me, I bought the CD Granatapfel Deo Roll-On. It smells fruity (although not my best preference for a roll-on).

I hoped this one will be somewhat good but that was not the case. It lasted only about an hour until I notice that I have to reapply so I felt very insecure about it. I tried drying it completely and then apply another layer but that didn’t work either. So when I went shopping, that experience was very unpleasant for me. Even going out was a problem since I had to reapply it a lot, and also is not the best feeling when you have to reapply but it is roll on.

At least it didn’t stained my clothes (I usually wear dark clothes).

I do not recommend this roll on for summer. Maybe for the winter it will be better but since I traveled, I threw it away so there is no way to find out.

Have you tried it? And if you have, what is your opinion on it?

Have a nice one

Antidote

Matcha Latte – DM’s matcha latte

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Matcha Latte – DM’s matcha latte

Hi my Readers 🙂

For a while I wanted to try how does a matcha taste. I imagined it would be a lot like other leavy things taste like but it became so popular for a while, that I decided to try it.
Living where I live, not many options were available. Even the ones that were – weren’t trustworthy. For a while I have forgotten about the idea of matcha and matcha latte but one day I was looking through the food section in DM and saw this.

Grüner tee matcha latte contains 6 packets of 12 grams of mixed powders.

The ingredients are listed as:

And the outside of the packaging looks like this

Taste

It tastes more like green tea but with touches of artificial milk. It contains sugar so if you like sugar, you have full thing that you can take away with you to work, travelling or just to keep it with you just in case.

I personally prefer if this things do not contain sugar because that way I can choose for myself whether I want to add it or not.

Do you drink matcha or have you tried matcha latte? I would like to compare the experiences and if it is better to try it raw (I think that raw is always better).

Until the next time

Have a nice start of the week and remember to do something good today 🙂

Antidote

Weekly nails

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Hi there

Imagine that, I remembered to take a picture right when I finished my nails. Even took pictures during the process. I was planning to add glitter too but I changed my mind since I have been using the same glitter all the time. Instead I added a new one that I even forgot that I had… talking about having too many nail polishes… Anyways, here they are 🙂

Nails of the week

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Hi my Readers

Lately I’ve been enjoying a lot of cultural activities which I was finally able to go to. My nails weren’t suffering but now they are now cut because some of them broke on a very nasty places. I finally took photos of my nails somewhat early and before their nail polish falls apart 😁 but I took the with some app I’ve been trying on my phone so the quality is not good. At least the nails were nice 🤷

Wishing you a happy weekend 🙂

Antidote 😉

Worker’s rights days

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Positivity,Beauty&More

Hi my Readers. Today I am going to inform you about a subject that is always in – rights.

The origin of the workers’ rights days.
In the 16th century it was decided by Philip II of Spain the work day to be 8 hours (4 in the morning, 4 in the afternoon with the exception of miners who worked 7 hours). The industrial revolution saw this as a problem and they increased the hours to 10-16 and even more. Child exploitation was considered normal: 9-13 year old kids worked 8 hours, 14-18 years old 12, and children under 9 had to go to school. Although there have been several attempts to reduce working hours, there have been no significant changes.

On May 1, 1886, a labor movement protest was held in Chicago to decrease the working day to eight hours. Tens of thousands of workers protested. On the third…

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